by Swell Maps
Released: Mar 1999
Label: Alive Records
This compilation -- which contains a smattering of singles and rarities -- focuses on Swell Maps' pop tunes, and boy, were they one of the greatest rock bands the U.K. has ever produced. No lie. Dig the jammer "Ripped & Torn" -- that's science class nerds raised on surf and prog, grooving like vintage Stones. Most of this stuff has been released before, but when it's this good -- like the stuttering psychedelic chug-a-lug that is "Vertical Slum" -- there's no such thing as overkill.
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